“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality.
It’s a way of understanding it.” –Lloyd Alexander
In our first podcast episode, we discussed several works of fantasy literature. Both of us (Catherine and K.L.) think the fantasy genre is a significant one for the field of children’s and young adult literature, and that it is an especially wonderful type of literature for readers, both young and old! Obviously, we both read quite a few fantasy stories. Here, we explore a few of the titles we mentioned a bit more in hopes that you might also read them, if you have not already! Stay tuned for more titles in future episodes.
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Published in 1958, this British classic for children is a must-read for all ages! At some time or another, we have all struggled with loneliness and the desire to connect with someone else in a meaningful way. When Tom hears the clock strike 13, he goes to investigate and discovers that the back garden is a portal to the past, where he befriends a girl, also experiencing loneliness, named Hattie. Hattie and Tom’s friendship endures its ups and downs, and the reader will surely discover a gem of a story as he or she follows this fascinating fantasy.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Yes, the film version of The Hobbit is being released this December, but the 1937 story is one you must read! It is especially a wonderful novel for a summer read, and as the prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this epic fantasy is a page-turner, filled with fascinating characters, impossible adventures, spiritual themes and ideas, and a rich world of hobbits, magic rings, dwarves, dragons,and elves. We won’t say much more–go get the book!